Film recommendations – YA books turned into films

Hello gentle reader,

Happy Friday! Are you looking to watch a film based on a YA book this weekend? There are many excellent ones. However it has recently struck me that when the media mention YA books turned into films, they always give the same titles: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent or The Fault In Our Stars. Since I don’t think those films – although very good – need any more publicity, I decided to list a few titles you may have overlooked…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Book by Lemony Snicket published in 1999

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Film directed by Brad Silberling in 2004 starring Jim Carrey and Emily Browning

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The Eagle

Book by Rosemary Sutcliff published in 1954

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Film directed by Kevin Macdonald in 2011 and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland

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Stardust

Book by Neil Gaiman published in 1999

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Film directed by Matthew Vaughn in 2004 starring Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett, Robert De Niro, Henry Cavill and Ian McKellen among others.

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The Secret Life of Bees

Book by Sue Monk Kidd published in 2002

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Film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood in 2008 and starring Dakota Fanning, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo and Alicia Keys.

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Which films based on YA books would you recommend?

Feel free to leave me a comment below!

The Best Of 2012 – Movies

Hello gentle reader,

This is my last post looking back at 2012… I already mentioned the TV shows I watched this year in this post and my favourite 2012 books here.Today I’m finishing this series of posts with movies I watched in 2012. This year I watched a total of 30 new releases (most of them at the theatre) and I have picked 10 to share with you…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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The Dark Knight Rises

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The Hunger Games

Breaking Dawn Part 2

Twilight – Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Underworld-Awakening

Underworld – Awakening

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Lockout

Lock-out

The Avengers

The Avengers

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

Immortals

Immortals

What did you watch this year? Any movies you’d recommend? Feel free to leave me a comment below!

Friday Film – Frozen

This week, I would like to mention a film that I cannot wait to see: Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 animated feature holiday film). Based on The Snow Queen by Hans C. Andersen, the movie will be “an epic tale of adventure and comedy”.

According to the official press release from 11th June 2012, the film is set to be released on 27th November 2013.

“In Frozen, a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell), a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find Elsa the Snow Queen (voice of Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”) and by Pixar’s John Lasseter, “Frozen” will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.”

So, not only is this film based on an amazing fairy tale, but it will also include the voices of two of my favourite actresses in the world?

Allow me to swoon. I just cannot wait.

What about you? Do you have a film that you’re eagerly anticipating? Let me know in the comment section!

Friday Film – Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

This week I’m excited about today’s release of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

Why do I want to see it? Watch this trailer:

So, I haven’t read the book by Seth Grahame-Smith but I really want to watch the movie, as it includes:

a) vampires

b) Abraham Lincoln

c) Tim Burton as a producer

d) Rufus Sewell

I mean, what more can you ask for?!

What are you going to watch this week?

Friday Film – Snow White and the Huntsman

I love movies. I watch a lot of them. So I have decided to add a category to this blog and write about them. I’ll be mentioning new or upcoming releases that I’m excited about. This week, I’m starting off with Snow White and the Huntsman, which is released this week.

Why I want to see it? Watch this trailer:

I have read the reviews and apparently, Snow White and the Huntsman is not the movie of the year. But I still desperately want to see it because it’s:

a) a fantasy movie with gothic elements

b) a fairy tale retelling

c) a film where the main female character is (hopefully) not a useless and helpless idiot (yes, I hate those).

Honestly, that’s enough for me.

What are you going to watch this week?